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U.Va. Arts in the News 2013-2014

November 2013

UVA Today, The Joint Is Jumpin’: U.Va. Jazz Ensemble to Shake the House Saturday with Big Band Music November 18, 2013, by Robert Hull

Under the direction of John D’earth, the U.Va. Jazz Ensemble of the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music will jump, jive and wail at its first concert of the academic year on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.

“The Art of the Big Band: Creative Gems of Jazz Composition” will focus on the writing and arranging inspired by the large musical ensemble known as the American big band – a sound that influenced a generation.

The big band musical ensemble – and consequently, the genre known as Big Band Music – originated in the United States. Beginning in the mid-1920s, big bands came to dominate popular music. Associated with jazz and the Swing Era, a big band group typically consists of rhythm, brass and woodwind instruments totaling approximately 12 to 25 musicians.

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UVA Today, 26th Virginia Film Festival Was Boffo at the Box Office November 13, 2013, by John Kelly

The Virginia Film Festival kicked off its second quarter-century in record-breaking style, smashing its previous ticket sales record set during last year’s 25th anniversary celebration.

The festival, presented by the University of Virginia, included four days of screenings, lectures and film-related activities. It ended Sunday.

Officials announced Tuesday that this year’s festival set all-time marks at the box office, coming in at $120,156 in total sales, an increase of 11 percent over last year’s receipts. The 2013 edition issued more than 27,000 tickets in all, and boasted 35 sold-out screenings.

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UVA Today, U.Va. School of Architecture Exhibits Work of Leading Austrian Architect November 13, 2013, by Robert Hull

“Architecture is as much a part of the realm of art as it is of technology – the fusion of thinking and feeling,” once said the late Harry Seidler, a renowned Austrian architect of the 20th century.

“Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design” is an exhibition of Seidler’s work – from photographs to sketches – presented by the University of Virginia School of Architecture in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington, D.C. The exhibit is running through Dec. 4 in the Elmaleh, Corner and Naug galleries in U.Va.’s Campbell Hall.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Student Wins ‘Next Sneaker Design Star’ Competition November 12, 2013, by Robert Hull

Video: The Next Sneaker Design Star Sends His First Report Back From Reebok HQ

Oliver Vranesh, a second-year graduate student in the University of Virginia School of Architecture, won the recent “Next Sneaker Design Star” contest held by Complex Magazine, a men’s lifestyle magazine. His reward: a multi-day apprenticeship at the Reebok World Headquarters in Canton, Mass.

The competition challenged up-and-coming shoe designers to submit an original sneaker design to the magazine. After selecting three finalists, Complex readers determined the winner in online balloting.

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NBC 29, Virginia Film Festival Comes to End; Highest Attendance Yet November 10, 2013

Thousands of people in Charlottesville spent the weekend watching movies. The Virginia Film Festival called it a wrap Sunday night.

The festival's director said attendance topped last year's record-setting audience numbers. While the official totals won't be in for a few days, the director estimates a 10 percent increase in attendance this year.

"I think it's really, really fortunate we had a wonderful film program this year and on top of that we had a number of films that really threw a spotlight on Virginia film makers and Charlottesville film makers," festival director Jody Kielbasa said.

The film festival expects to release final attendance numbers by Tuesday.

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UVa Today, U.Va. Drama Debuts Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘An Enemy of the People’ November 8, 2013, by Robert Hull

L. Douglas Grissom, a noted playwright and associate professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama, has reshaped Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 classic, “An Enemy of the People,” into something new, bringing Ibsen close to home for American audiences by moving the play from 1880s Norway to 1960s Maine.

Directed by Richard Warner, professor of acting in the drama department, “An Enemy of the People” will be presented in the Ruth Caplin Theatre on Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 19-23.

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UVA Today, From Classroom to Publication: U.Va. Architecture Seminar Creates Book in Partnership with International Publisher November 7, 2013, by Robert Hull

What would it look like to condense the research and teaching created during one academic year at a major architecture school into a single published book?

A University of Virginia research seminar titled “Paper Matters” has been exploring questions like this one regarding publishing and printed materials related to contemporary architecture since the spring of 2012. The seminar consists of faculty and students working together as an editorial group and publisher, and is led by School of Architecture faculty members Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh, a lecturer; Iñaki Alday, Quesada Professor and chair of the Department of Architecture; Robin Dripps, T. David Fitz-Gibbon Professor of Architecture; and Rebecca Cooper, fine arts architecture and instruction librarian.

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UVA Today, Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and University Singers to Present Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ November 5, 2013, by Robert Hull

The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra continues its 39th season on Nov. 16 and 17. As part of the worldwide bicentennial celebration of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, the sole work on the program is his choral masterpiece, “Messa da Requiem (The Requiem Mass).”

The Nov. 16 performance will begin at 8 p.m. at U.Va.’s Old Cabell Hall. The Nov. 17 matinee begins at 3:30 p.m. at Monticello High School.

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The Virginia Arts of the Book Center, 2013 Collaborative Project: Miniature Books November 5, 2013, by Kevin McFadden

The Virginia Arts of the Book Center proudly presents its 2013 Collaborative project, a“Bookmaker’s Dozen” of miniature books. This set of fifteen handmade miniature books showcases a variety of printing styles including letterpress, lithography, etching, & giclée and a variety of folding/binding styles including coptic, stiff board, accordion, and non-adhesive bindings.

The books are the work of 27 local artists who’ve created works to a 2″ x 3″ scale. While editions of each book may exist in 20-50 copies, only 15 copies of the complete collection will be made in a handsome collector’s boxed set.

One set of books will be RAFFLED at the November 15, 2013 Raucous Auction. Follow links for more details. Click below for close-up images by Stacey Evans Photography.

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UVA Today, Grant Awarded to U.Va. Library Will Make Unique Collection Available Online November 4, 2013, by Robert Hull

The University of Virginia’s McGregor Library of American History includes some of the most historically significant works on the European exploration of the New World.

Printed in 1495, Giuliano Dati’s account, in Italian verse, of Christopher Columbus’ official report of his first voyage to the New World is one of only six surviving copies of the pamphlet’s five known editions. Another of the collection’s most prized books, a first-edition, 1530 account of Spain’s royal chronicler of the Indies, includes some of the first detailed depictions of Native Americans and New World plants.

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October 2013

UVA Today, Beyond Glamour and Glitz: 10 Reasons to Attend This Year’s Virginia Film Festival October 31, 2013, by Robert Hull

Each year, the Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia, showcases groundbreaking films. As has always been the case, this year’s festival, which runs from Nov. 7 to 10, will also offer film-related experiences that embrace the educational values of the University, the local community and students of all ages.

Here are 10 important festival events that emphasize those qualities.

Remembering Kennedy

As part of its partnership with U.Va.’s Center for Politics, the festival will spotlight the upcoming national PBS documentary, “The Kennedy Half-Century,” produced by the center in conjunction with Richmond’s WCVE-TV, on Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Culbreth Theatre.

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s i.Lab Unites Entrepreneurs From the University, Local Community October 30, 2013, by Robert Hull

Entrepreneurs flock to the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and for good reason.

The Business Incubator at the W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory – colloquially known as the “i.Lab” – housed at Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, serves as a hub where experts nurture startups. This summer’s crop of participants included 25 companies, including seven from the local community.

The incubating businesses offer diverse services, including websites to discover the local music scene, find reliable pet care and help connect tourists with area residents to enjoy a truly authentic local experience. Other entrepreneurs offer products ranging from spirits to organic energy bars.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Chooses Inaugural Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence October 30, 2013, by Robert Hull

The McIntire Department of Art of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences has announced the selection of Los Angeles artist Cindy Bernard as the first Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence.

Funded by an endowment from the Peter B. and Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation, the Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence is an annual teaching position designed to bring artists of significant international stature to the University’s studio art program, which is housed in Ruffin Hall on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds.

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UVA Today, Percussionist I-Jen Fang Headlines U.Va. Chamber Series’ Nov. 4 Concert October 28, 2013, by Marcy Day

The University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music presents the third concert of the U.Va. Chamber Music Series on Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. Percussionist I-Jen Fang will perform works by U.Va. composer Judith Shatin, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Keiko Abe and more.

Fang will play both marimba and vibraphone on the popular Chick Corea tune “La Fiesta,” with Robert Jospé on drumset. U.Va. violin faculty Daniel Sender will join Fang on a violin and marimba duet to round out a program that merges tradition with innovation.

Fang joined U.Va.’s music faculty in 2005 and became principal timpanist and percussionist of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra.

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UVA Today, Poet Michael Collier to Visit U.Va. as Rea Lecturer and Read His Work Oct. 29 October 25, 2013, by Anne E. Bromley

Michael Collier, author of “Make Us Wave Back” and winner of an Academy Award in Literature, will read his poetry at the University of Virginia Bookstore on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Collier’s visit as a Rea Lecturer will include an opportunity for creative writing students in the M.F.A. program in the Department of English to hear him talk about the craft of writing poetry.

Collier was born in Phoenix and received his M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in 1979. He has been a professor at the University of Maryland since 1984, guiding the M.F.A. program.

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UVA Today, From Bluegrass to Klezmer, Artist Brings Wide Perspective to U.Va. Residency October 24, 2013, by Robert Hull

Mandolinist and clarinetist Andy Statman – a Grammy nominee famous for his innovative approach to bluegrass, klezmer and jazz – will be in residence at the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music from Nov. 4 to 6.

In 2012, Statman received the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship Award for decades of innovation expanding the boundaries of traditional and improvisational forms.

The New Yorker called Statman “an American visionary”; the New York Times described his approach as “modern American music with ancient mysteries at the core”; and Rolling Stone described his music as “a beautiful sound full of heat, heart and a love of God.”

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Kluge-Ruhe Collection, "Dreaming in Animation" Offers Opportunity for Middle Schoolers to Collaborate Globally October 23, 2013

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection has partnered with the U.Va. School of Architecture and the Virginia Film Festival to offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity for middle school students to use Pixar-style animation software. The final product will be a short animated film of an Aboriginal Dreaming story, which will be used as an educational resource by the affiliated Aboriginal community in Australia. The full-day workshop, titled Dreaming in Animation, is one of many programs offered at the Virginia Film Festival’s Family Day on Saturday, November 9th.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Launches New Trust Fund for Major Arts-Related Initiatives October 18, 2013, by Robert Hull

At the University of Virginia, more than ever, the arts are in full swing.

The Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds have become a centerpiece of the University of Virginia; the state-of-the-art Ruth Caplin Theatre opened in April; and last month, Tina Fey provided a resounding launch for the new President’s Speaker Series for the Arts.

Building on the momentum, the University is launching a new Arts Trust that will seek to establish an endowment to advance the arts at U.Va. and throughout the community.

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UVA Today, Kim Tanzer to Step Down as Dean of the School of Architecture in 2014 October 17, 2013, by Anthony P. de Bruyn & Robert Hull

Kim Tanzer, dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, has announced that she will not seek reappointment to a second term as dean. After her term ends in June, she will remain on the U.Va. faculty.

“Kim has been a truly remarkable leader and steward of the School of Architecture and we are grateful for her tireless dedication and service in advancing one of the nation’s best programs,” Executive Vice President and Provost John D. Simon said.

Simon announced that a national search for the new dean would begin immediately. Shiqiao Li, Weedon Professor in Asian Architecture, will chair the search committee.

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UVA Today, Drama Opens Four-Show Season Oct. 24, Headlining with Gershwin Musical and Ibsen Play October 16, 2013, by Robert Hull & John Kelly

From soaring scores to slamming doors, the University of Virginia Department of Drama’s 2013-14 season will showcase a rousing musical, a classic play, a contemporary absurdist comedy and a timeless no-holds-barred farce.

The season kicks off Oct. 24 in the Culbreth Theatre with George and Ira Gershwin’s musical, “Crazy for You.” The Broadway classic is the story of Bobby Child, a 1930s playboy with a banking career in his future but show business in his heart. The musical features an abundance of familiar melodies such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

“Crazy for You” was billed as the “New Gershwin Musical Comedy” when it debuted in 1992 on Broadway, and also won the Tony Award that year. The musical is chiefly based on the legendary team’s 1930 “Girl Crazy,” and includes several songs from other Gershwin musicals.

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UVA Today, ’Dream Hire’ Jane Alison Joins U.Va. English Department’s Creative Writing Program October 14, 2013, by Anne E. Bromley

A twist of fate led Jane Alison, a new professor in the University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program, to translate Latin, which later led to her writing fiction.

While in high school in Washington, D.C., she was accidentally put in a Latin class to fulfill her foreign language requirement. She went on to major in classics at Princeton University.

So began “an obsession,” she said, with Ovid, the Roman poet best known for his epic work of classical mythology, “Metamorphoses.” His life, which mysteriously ended in exile, became the subject of her first novel, published in 2001, “The Love Artist,” which New York Times’ reviewer Michiko Kakutani praised for its “dense, poetic narrative.”

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UVA Today, To Hell and Back: U.Va. Professor’s New Book Explores Cultural Map of Dante’s ‘Inferno’ October 14, 2013, by Robert Hull

Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” remains one of those rare artistic achievements that has become an enduring cultural touchstone. In fact, the “Inferno” section of Dante’s great poetic trilogy has essentially defined the Christian vision of hell.

On May 14, “Inferno,” a thriller by the popular American author Dan Brown, was published, the fourth book in his Robert Langdon series. It rose to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list.

Brown’s novels are treasure hunts that feature the recurring themes of cryptography, codes, symbols and conspiracy theories usually fusing history and art. His books have been translated into 52 languages, and he is one of the highest-selling authors of all time.”

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Professor Launches International Biophilic Cities Peer Network October 10, 2013, by Julia Triman

The Biophilic Cities Project at the University of Virginia School of Architecture is a multiyear initiative engaging cities across the globe. From Oct. 17 to 20, it is hosting the launch of a “Biophilic Cities Peer Network” to advance the theory and practice of planning for cities that contain abundant nature.

Biophilic cities care about, seek to protect, restore and grow nature, and strive to foster deep connections and daily contact with the natural world, said Tim Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and a self-described “biophilic urbanist.”

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UVA Today, Darden School Adds New Design Thinking Resources for Business Managers and Educators October 7, 2013, by Matt Charles

This fall, the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is offering a range of new resources to empower educators, managers and others to integrate design thinking into business and educational settings. These resources – including two books, a webinar series and a free online course on Coursera – outline the strategies and processes needed to apply design thinking to solve the toughest business and innovation challenges.

Design thinking is a problem-solving approach in which managers apply the mindset and approaches of designers to develop innovative products, processes and business models to fuel growth and innovation and differentiate companies in crowded markets.

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UVA Today, Artist Patrick Dougherty to Create Sculpture on U.Va. Arts Grounds, Accompanied by Exhibition at The Fralin Museum October 4, 2013, by Robert Hull

Patrick Dougherty, world-renowned for his site-specific twig and sapling sculptures, is creating a larger-than-life work of art from locally gathered saplings for the University of Virginia and installing it in front of the Ruth Caplin Theatre on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds.

Dougherty’s art form involves weaving supple tree saplings and branches into towering sculptures. Over the past 30 years, he has produced more than 200 installations worldwide.

Built with the assistance of University and community volunteers, the sculptural installation, “Stickwork,” will be in place on the U.Va. Arts Grounds for more than a year, giving visitors a chance to appreciate its seasonal changes as nature permits.

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UVA Today, U.Va. OpenGrounds Forum to Examine Photo Exhibits’ Influence on Conservation October 2, 2013, by Robert Hull

The University of Virginia’s OpenGrounds will sponsor a forum on Friday examining how representations of the environment in the two major photography exhibitions currently on view at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia influence ideas and attitudes toward conservation.

The “Changing Views: Photography and Environmental Action” forum brings together scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines to discuss the exhibitions, “Ansel Adams: A Legacy” and “Looking at the New West: Contemporary Landscape Photography.”

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UVA Today, Strategic Plan Calls for More Emphasis on ‘High-Impact Educational Experiences’ October 2, 2013, by H. Brevy Cannon

The University of Virginia’s new strategic plan – nearing its final draft – will include an increased emphasis on “high-impact educational experiences.” It defines those as experiences that involve undergraduate research, community engagement, global immersion, entrepreneurship or learning in “flipped” classrooms that dedicate classroom time to active learning, from doing group projects to the professor moderating a debate among student teams.

Though the University already offers plenty of high-impact educational experiences, the new strategic plan calls for building on and expanding them and better connecting students with those opportunities, explained Maurie McInnis, a professor of art history in the College of Arts & Sciences who was appointed vice provost for academic affairs in January. She is tasked with developing the new strategy in concert with the Board of Visitors through its Educational Policy Committee and President Teresa A. Sullivan.

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UVA Today, Understanding Max: Artists-in-Residence Put Musical on Autism Under Microscope October 2, 2013, by Robert Hull

In the creative arena of drama, “workshopping” – the process of helping a playwright revise a play by rehearsing it with performers and critiquing the results ­– can be a rewarding experience.

That was certainly the case last month when Michael Rasbury, an associate professor in sound design at the University of Virginia, and his class worked with artists-in-residence Nancy Carlin, a playwright and acting teacher, and Charles Otte, an associate professor of integrated media for live performance at the University of Texas in Austin.

For most of September, 20 participants, – primarily U.Va. students, joined by some drawn from the Charlottesville community – joined with professional artists in reshaping a dramatic work.

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September 2013

PBS Newshour, Poet Gregory Orr: Poetry Is 'Concentrated Testimony' of Being Human September 30, 2013, by Ellen Rolfes

Poet Gregory Orr rhapsodizes on a theme he has explored for nearly a decade: the "beloved," the things we love.

Of course, what we love can change over time, he says. "It can make you crazy by ... shifting from one thing to another and yet, of course, that's also dazzling," he told the PBS NewsHour.

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The Dirt, Teresa Galí-Izard: A Woman of Two Minds September 30, 2013, by The Dirt Contributor

Teresa Galí-Izard, International ASLA, is a woman of two minds. At the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, where she just began her first year as chair of the landscape architecture department, she explained, “I have the mind of my mother and the mind of my father.” Her mother’s family is made up of builders and architects, steeped in urban design. Her father’s family is one of educators and lovers of nature. She explained that because of these two minds, it was impossible for her to be anything but a landscape architect.

Galí-Izard melds her two minds in a powerful way in her designs. Each design is practical, functional and logical, while also being beautiful, inviting, and didactic. She achieves this balance by letting the site tell her how to proceed. Her overarching goal is the “transmission of this knowledge.” This knowledge to which she refers, I believe, is an intimate understanding of how “living systems” work.

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UVA Today, TechnoSonics XIV: Motion Explores Music in Motion September 26, 2013, by Marcy Day

The McIntire Department of Music of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences and the Virginia Center for Computer Music will present two days of events exploring the intersection of music and motion in October.

“TechnoSonics XIV: Motion” concerts are scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18, at 8 p.m. both days, in the Ruth Caplin Theatre, located in the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Rd. in Charlottesville.

As part of the festival, composer-technologist Chris Chafe of Stanford University will present a talk, “A Listening Tour of Musical Portraits and Sonic Landscapes,” on Oct. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the OpenGrounds Studio. All events are free and open to the public

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UVA Today, Kluge-Ruhe Unveils Totem Pole Created by Resident Artist, U.Va. Students September 26, 2013, by Robert Hull

University of Virginia students are only one month into the semester, yet art professor Bill Bennett’s “Introduction to Sculpture” class already has something to show for its work.

The students collaborated with Torres Strait Islander artist David Bosun, the artist-in-residence at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, to hand-carve a traditional ceremonial Torres Straight totem pole. Standing more than 8 feet tall and carved from a 250-year old pecan tree, the pole features faces, animals and even the students’ initials embedded into the designs.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Music Department Hosts British Classical Pianist on Sept. 29 September 25, 2013, by Robert Hull

The McIntire Department of Music of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences will present a solo piano recital by Martin Jones, one of Great Britain’s most highly regarded solo pianists, on Sunday at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

London’s Gramophone magazine has called Jones “a pianist of a beguiling fluency and affection, sympathetic to the widest variety of material” and described his piano work as “being of an exemplary taste and clarity, yet also blessed with a no less distinctive style and character.”

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UVA Today, ‘Everywhere There’s Jazz’: WTJU Marathon to Explore the Shifting Boundaries of America’s Great Music September 25, 2013, by Robert Hull

Duke Ellington, America’s genius of jazz, once observed that it was becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz began and ended. “I feel there is no boundary line,” he once said.

Crossing musical boundaries is what this year’s WTJU Jazz Marathon is all about. The weeklong marathon, which kicks off Monday, will focus on regional hotbeds of jazz, both in the U.S. and worldwide, celebrating the shifting boundaries throughout the jazz landscape.

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UVA Today, Tomtoberfest Founders Fair To Showcase Innovation at U.Va. September 25, 2013, by H. Brevy Cannon

This Saturday, more than 50 local entrepreneurial and creative ventures – most with ties to the University of Virginia – will be showcased on Grounds in a “Founders Fair” as part of Tomtoberfest, hosted by the Tom Tom Founders Festival.

The three-day festival – all free and open to the public – launches this evening with a Candidate Forum on “The Politics of Innovation” that will delve into how local leaders and policies impact the creation of local start-up companies, many of which are an extension of U.Va. research.

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UVA Today, U.Va. OpenGrounds Forum to Examine Photo Exhibits’ Influence on Conservation September 24, 2013, by Lindsey Hepler

The University of Virginia’s OpenGrounds will sponsor a forum on Friday examining how representations of the environment in the two major photography exhibitions currently on view at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia influence ideas and attitudes toward conservation.

The “Changing Views: Photography and Environmental Action” forum brings together scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines to discuss the exhibitions, “Ansel Adams: A Legacy” and “Looking at the New West: Contemporary Landscape Photography.”

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum Hosts Special Tour on Ansel Adams on Sept. 28 September 20, 2013, by Robert Hull

Guest curator William Sherman will give a special tour on the exhibition “Ansel Adams: A Legacy” on Sept. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

Sherman is professor of architecture at the School of Architecture, an associate vice president for research and the founding director of U.Va.’s OpenGrounds initiative.

The exhibition features original works by legendary American photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) on loan from the Meredith Collection. Documenting the arc of his prolific career between the late 1920s and the early 1980s, the collection includes Adams’ early works as well as masterworks from his most productive period, dating from the late 1930s through the 1950s.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Department of Drama to Present Musical Drama About Childhood Autism September 19, 2013, by Robert Hull

What does the world sound like to an autistic child?

On Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m. at the Helms Theatre in the Drama Building on the University of Virginia’s Arts Grounds, audiences can glimpse that world during workshop performances of the musical, “Max Understood.”

“Max Understood” is an invitation into the life of a 7-year-old boy with autism. As Max embarks on an odyssey beyond the confines of his parents’ apartment, his unique perspective reveals the beauty and mystery of the world around him. Paving the way is a leaf-blowing philosopher, a string theorist, Pegasus, a mermaid and all the presidents of the United States.

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UVA Today, Tina Fey Talks Humor, Drama and Valuing the Arts at Inaugural Speaker Series Event September 16, 2013, by Lauren Jones

“When you are scheduled to speak right before the funniest woman on the planet, there’s just one rule: Be brief, “ University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan told a packed audience at the McIntire Amphitheatre Saturday night.

She was introducing U.Va. alumna Tina Fey, the actress, comedian, writer, producer and star of NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” who returned to Grounds Saturday to kick off the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts, a series highlighting the positive impact of arts on society.

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UVA Today Blog, I Want to Go to There: Tina Fey at U.Va. September 14, 2013, by Robert Hull

Tina Fey, a 1992 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, came back to Grounds on Saturday and spoke before a packed McIntire Amphitheatre about the impact of the arts on society.

It was a huge event for U.Va., both on Grounds and online. The University of Virginia Magazine provided this look at what students and others had to say:

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UVA Today, Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra’s Season Offers ‘Musical Kaleidoscope’ September 13, 2013, by Robert Hull

For its 39th season, the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of Kate Tamarkin, will present a variety of masterworks for an enriching musical experience.

Highlights of the 2013-14 season, aptly titled “A Musical Kaleidoscope,” include Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” Suite, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished,” Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” Richard Wagner’s Overture to “Rienzi” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47.

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UVA Today, Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra Will Perform Movie Music Under the Stars on Sunday September 10, 2013, by Robert Hull

The University Programs Council and the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra are joining forces to present the annual “Symphony Under the Stars” on Sunday at 8 p.m.

First launched in 2009, the free outdoor pops concert will take place this year in the University of Virginia’s McIntire Amphitheater, with the rain location in Old Cabell Hall.

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The Daily Progress, UVa alum Fey hopes to be entertaining at inaugural arts lecture September 7, 2013

When award-winning actress, screenwriter and author Tina Fey steps up as the first speaker in a series of pro-arts education talks sponsored by the University of Virginia, it’s unlikely she’ll say anything new.

“I’m not ready to be instructional. I hope it will be entertaining, but I’m only part of the discussion,” Fey said in a recent telephone interview. “I don’t think I’m telling people something they don’t understand. They already know the arts are important.”

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UVA Today, World-Renowned Scholar and Digital Humanities Specialist to Visit U.Va. Sept. 9-12 September 6, 2013, by Keicy Tolbert

The University of Virginia’s Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures will host its first Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the year Sept. 9 through 12. Sukanta Chaudhuri is professor emeritus at Jadavpur University and coordinator of “Bichitra: Online Tagore Variorum,” an online archive of the works of Bengali poet, playwright and artist Rabindranath Tagore.

Chaudhuri will give a talk about the project, “Many Tagores: Travels through a Variorum Website,” on Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Scholars’ Lab’s electronic classroom, room 421 in the Alderman Library..

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August 2013

UVA Today, From Moa Island to Charlottesville: Kluge-Ruhe Resident Artist to Exhibit Art, Share Skills August 29, 2013, by Lauren Maupin & Robert Hull

In September, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia will host artist David Bosun, a printmaker and woodcarver from Moa Island in the Torres Strait. He is the first resident artist at the museum under a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, which will sponsor residencies for six Indigenous Australian artists at the museum over the next three years.

Bosun’s residency will offer several opportunities to meet the artist and learn about his unique culture and art practice, and will give U.Va. students from a variety of disciplines and the Charlottesville community a chance to learn from a leading Indigenous Australian artist.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Arts Grounds to Host 2013 Virginia Film Festival Family Day August 26, 2013, by John Kelly & Robert Hull

The 2013 Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, has announced a revamped format for its annual Family Day festivities.

Managed by the festival’s community outreach and education program, the Family Day events will shift this year to the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at U.Va. They previously took place on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

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UVA Today, A Change Is Gonna Come: WTJU Presents Sounds and Music of Civil Rights Era, Honors March on Washington August 23, 2013, by Robert Hull

WTJU 91.1 FM is keeping the dream alive with a week of commemorative programming that honors the Civil Rights Movement.

Beginning Monday, the University’s public radio station will begin airing music and audio documentary in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, with a week of special civil rights programming planned to focus on the seminal event.

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UVA Today, Big Star on the Rise: WTJU Presents Acclaimed Documentary, Promotes Legacy of Influential Rock Band August 22, 2013, by Robert Hull

Among many avid music fans and rock critics, Big Star is widely regarded as one of the greatest bands in rock ’n’ roll history – even though most people have never heard of them.

To promote the band’s legacy, WTJU 91.1 FM – the University of Virginia’s noncommercial educational radio station – is sponsoring a new, highly acclaimed documentary about the legendary Memphis rock band that many consider to be the progenitors of “alternative” or “indie” rock.

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UVA Today, Film Fest to Host Tippi Hedren for 50th Anniversary Screening of Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ August 21, 2013, by John Kelly & Robert Hull

The Virginia Film Festival announced today a special 50th anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic, “The Birds,” on Nov. 8. This event will feature a post-screening discussion with the film’s famous star Tippi Hedren.

The 2013 Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, will take place from Nov. 7-10.

“The Birds” is a 1963 suspense-horror film loosely based on the 1952 story by Daphne du Maurier. This classic cinematic work depicts a sudden and unexplained series of widespread and violent bird attacks over the course of a few days in Bodega Bay, Calif.

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Department of Anthropology, Tom Cogill Exhibits ‘Pictures from a Room’ in Brooks Hall Commons August 20, 2013

Guatemalan Maya women posed for photographer Tom Cogill in their village community center where the walls were painted with images and people’s names from the civil war they had endured. Cogill, who lives in Charlottesville, says the legacy of the war was ongoing in their lives: although usually reticent, they wanted “to share their experience of suffering and endurance.” His photos are on exhibit in the University of Virginia’s Brooks Hall Commons, open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Brooks Hall houses the College of Arts & Sciences’ anthropology department.

In Cogill’s description of the exhibit, which he previously showed at Piedmont Virginia Community College, he writes:

During many trips to Guatemala between 2001 and 2011 it had become obvious to me that the war was still an enduring force in people’s lives. Although a treaty had been ratified in 1996, the legacy of the war was ongoing in grief, anger and distrust.

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UVA Today, OpenGrounds Photography Challenge and Forum Accompanies Ansel Adams and ‘New West’ Exhibits at The Fralin Museum of Art August 16, 2013, by Robert Hull

Ansel Adams’s passion for the American West was the driving force behind his photography, as he applied his art to record the beauty of a threatened wilderness.

Beginning this week, U.Va.’s OpenGrounds is challenging U.Va. students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as community members, to turn their lens on Charlottesville – just as Adams did with the American West – and seek to capture the experience of wilderness in their own daily lives.

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UVA Today, Fralin Museum of Art Introduces French Artist to American Audiences; Retrospective Opens Aug. 23 August 15, 2013, by Robert Hull

Though one of the most compelling female voices in French modern art, Émilie Charmy (1878–1974) and her work remain largely unrecognized in America.

Matthew Affron, until recently the curator of modern art at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, hopes to change that with the first U.S. retrospective of Charmy’s work. The exhibition, which opens Aug. 23 at the museum, presents one of the most provocative female artists in Paris during the first half of the 20th century.

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum of Art at U.Va. Seeks Applicants for Docent Program August 13, 2013, by Robert Hull

If you are interested in sharing your appreciation and knowledge of art, now’s the time.

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia is currently accepting applications from community members through Aug. 22 to join its docent program.

The museum’s volunteer docents give interactive tours to a variety of school groups and community organizations from across Central Virginia. They also assist with the museum’s special programs, such as Eyes on Art and the annual Writer’s Eye competition.

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UVA Today, Fiction Writing Student Wins U.Va.’s Henfield Prize for Her Story About a ‘Bro’ August 9, 2013, by Anne Bromley

Fiction writer Alison Penning, a graduate student in the University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program, says she has been wondering for a while, “What exactly is a ‘bro’?” She finds herself often writing about male characters, she says, because she’s trying to figure them out in real life.

Penning won this year’s Henfield Prize – awarded to a U.Va. graduate writing student for the best unpublished work of fiction – for her short story, “Sun’s Out, Guns Out,” which centers on Boyd Poynter, a Marine who’s just returned from Afghanistan.

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UVA Today, Aboriginal Art Collection Will Come Alive During ‘Night at the Museum’ August 7, 2013, by Lauren Jones

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection will host its own version of Night at the Museum this summer, featuring live music and an opportunity to explore the museum’s current exhibitions after hours. The event will take place on the third Thursday of each month through September, with the first one this Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Judy Chops, a six-piece Americana band from Staunton, will start playing at 6 p.m. Food trucks from The Australian Pie Guy, Got Dumplings? and Carpe Donut, and the local Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company will be on the premises.

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UVA Today, Landscapes of Longevity: U.Va. Architecture Students Study Links Between Location and Lifespan August 7, 2013, by Anne Bromley

What’s the secret to living a long life? It depends on whom you ask – and perhaps where you live

While researching the lifestyles of some of the world’s oldest people, Asa Eslocker and Harriett Jameson, both master’s degree candidates in landscape architecture in the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, would often receive invitations to join the near-centenarians and their families for dinner.

“The people in California had these perfect vegan diets,” Jameson said. But that lifestyle choice was absent from the long-living communities in eastern Sardinia, Italy, where she and Eslocker were served suckling pig at nearly every home they visited. The Sardinian families “would laugh at us and say, ‘It will make you live longer!’”

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ARCHITECT, Winner: EcoMod ~ The University of Virginia is redefining the notion of high-performance, modular housing, beginning in the neighborhoods that need it most. August 6, 2013, by Anne BromleGideon Fink Shapiroy

Sustainable and affordable are two words that aren’t typically seen together in the building industry. The juxtaposition is what caught the eyes of the jury as it reviewed the high-performance, modular housing design led by John Quale, an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia (UVa). Over the past decade, the EcoMod project has pooled the research and development efforts of more than 370 students from UVa’s architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, planning, business, and historic preservation programs. Together, they’ve ventured into merging ecology with economy, and modern design with modular construction and community partnerships.

This summer, EcoMod is wrapping up its first three modular, “commercially viable,” and affordable houses. Juror Jing Liu praised Quale’s dedication “to hold on to something so unflashy and make it happen eventually.”

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UVA Today, U.Va. Professor Wins $1.4M Grant to Record, Preserve Ancient Culture of Bhutan August 5, 2013, by Lorenzo Perez

Many scholars recognize the kingdom of Bhutan as the last great bastion of Himalayan Buddhist civilization to be preserved intact into the 21st century.

Sandwiched between China and India, Bhutan has maintained a long history of isolation and independence that combined to create a safe haven for the traditions of a vibrant ancient culture. But pressures of globalization are taking their toll, and the kingdom’s local languages, literature and rich, unstudied oral traditions are at risk of being swallowed as the effects of modernization spread to the remotest areas of Bhutan.

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UVA Today, Summer Session 2013: Media Studies Class Explores Intersection of Sci-Fi and Horror Cinema August 2, 2013, by Robert Hull

During four jam-packed weeks this summer, University of Virginia students enrolled in a three-credit course watched movies starring monsters, creatures from outer space, vampires and robots.

Taught by Robert Kolker, adjunct professor and instructor in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program in U.Va.’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, “Special Topics in Film: Science Fiction and Horror Film” explored how two of the most exciting and imaginative – albeit not always critically acclaimed – film genres frequently cross and merge at crucial points in the visual narrative experience.

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July 2013

UVA Today, The Fralin Museum’s ‘Eyes on Art’ Brings Art to People with Alzheimer’s July 29, 2012, by Robert Hull

Every third Thursday of the month at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, a 45-minute discussion is transforming lives.

Launched in September 2010, “Eyes on Art” – designed in partnership with the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association – provides quality-of-life experiences for people with Alzheimer’s disease through interaction with the museum’s collection.

Specially trained docents lead individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers on small-group tours of the museum’s exhibits and engage participants in meaningful discussions about specific works of art.

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UVA Today, Heritage Theatre Festival Ends Season with Pulitzer-Winning Musical ‘Next to Normal’ July 23, 2013, by Robert Hull & John Kelly

Heritage Theatre Festival, the professional summer theater at the University of Virginia, is ending its 2013 season on a serious note with “Next To Normal,” a thought-provoking musical about a woman trying to lead a normal life while struggling with bipolar disorder.

Featuring 30 folk-rock songs, “Next to Normal” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2010, the eighth musical ever to do so.

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UVA Today, Hilton Worldwide Backs U.Va. Architecture School’s Global Sustainability Program July 19, 2013, by Robert Hull

The University of Virginia School of Architecture has received a grant from leading global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide to support its minor in global sustainability, including the “Global Sustainability” course taught by Phoebe Crisman, associate professor of architecture.

Hilton Worldwide is the first corporate philanthropic partner of the global sustainability program.

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s ecoMOD South – Affordable, Sustainable Modular Housing – Earns Prestigious Architect Magazine Award July 19, 2013, by Robert Hull * Seth Wood

ecoMOD South, a grant-funded initiative of the University of Virginia’s ecoMOD project, has won Architect Magazine’s 2013 Research and Development Award, announced in the magazine’s July issue.

The ecoMOD project is a joint initiative of U.Va.’s schools of Architecture and Engineering and Applied Science.

Considered the most important research-and-development award in architecture, the judges for this year’s award included noted architects Lawrence Scarpa, a leader in sustainable design; Jing Liu, co-founder of the SO-IL architecture firm in New York City; and internationally known fabricator Bill Zahner, the president and CEO of Zahner, an architectural metal company in Kansas City, Mo.

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UVA Today, Heritage Presents Jukebox of Hits with Musical Comedy ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ July 17, 2013, by Robert Hull & John Kelly

Heritage Theatre Festival is turning back the clock and turning up the music with the off-Broadway musical comedy “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

Opening July 23 in the new Ruth Caplin Theatre, the show offers a fun-filled evening during which audience members can relive their own prom experiences – including voting for the Springfield High School prom queen.

Created by Roger Bean, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” runs from July 23-27, 30, 31 and Aug. 1-3. Performances begin at 7:45 p.m., and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on July 27.

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UVA Today, Kids and Cows Part of U.Va.’s July Family Program at The Fralin Museum of Art July 16, 2012, by Robert Hull

Children who visit The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia’s regular monthly Family Art JAM are promised an afternoon of fun and creativity, and this month their laughter will be punctuated by a few bleats and moos.

Due to increased demand, the museum has expanded its successful Family Art Jams to the summer months. On July 27 and 28, the museum will hold four sessions of “Artful Animals” for children ages 5 to 12.

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UVA Today, Take a Vacation with Virginia Quarterly Review’s Summer Issue July 15, 2013 by Anne Bromley

“I love the summer issues of commercial magazines with their exotic vacation escapes,” writes Jon Parrish Peede, publisher of the University of Virginia’s venerated journal, the Virginia Quarterly Review. His note introduces readers to some of the exotic locales and distinctive characters featured in this summer issue and mentions the magazine’s “distinctive editorial treatment” that sets it apart from its “glossy cousins.”

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UVA Today, Heritage Theatre Festival Opens Popular Comedy ‘Tuna Does Vegas’ at Helms Theatre July 11, 2013, by John Kelly & Robert Hull

Thanks to the Heritage Theatre Festival, the wacky residents of Tuna, Texas, are back in the fourth installment of the “Greater Tuna” series, “Tuna Does Vegas,” opening on July 18 at the Helms Theatre.

“Tuna Does Vegas” will run from July 18-20, 23-27, 30-31 and Aug. 1-3 as part of Heritage Festival, the professional summer theater at the University of Virginia. Nightly performances begin at 8 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on July 20 and Aug. 3.

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UVA Today, 2013 U.Va. Virginia Film Festival Announces Call for Entries July 8, 2013, by Robert Hull

The 26th Annual Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is seeking entries for this fall’s festival.

The festival’s invitation extends to filmmakers worldwide. It seeks feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental works for consideration for the upcoming festival.

Submissions are free for Virginia residents and students at all Virginia schools. Fees for all others submitting films range from $10 to $50. For complete submission guidelines, click here.

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UVA Today, Virginia Folklife Program Knows ‘National Treasure’ When It Hears It July 5, 2013, by Rebecca Arrington

Nothing calms the spirit like music, especially gospel. And one artist in Virginia, who celebrated her 83rd birthday July 4, is considered “queen” of the genre.

She’s evangelist Maggie Ingram, who’s not only known for her voice and message, but for her community service.

Jon Lohman, director of the Virginia Folklife Program, recognized the significance of Ingram’s work and set out to record it.

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UVA Today, Heritage Theatre Festival Moves Into Ruth Caplin Theatre with Tony Award-winning ‘Red' July 3, 2013, by Robert Hull

A tradition since 1974, the Heritage Theatre Festival – the professional summer theater at the University of Virginia – continues its 2013 season with “Red,” John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play about modern artist Mark Rothko and his struggle over producing art for commercial use.

Directed by Betsy Rudelich Tucker, a retired associate professor of drama in the College of Arts & Sciences, “Red” runs through Saturday and again from July 9 to 13. This performance marks the first Heritage production in the 300-seat Ruth Caplin Theatre, which opened April 18.

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